Reminder To Keep Following Distance And Pay Attention

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John M.'s Comment
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Truck driver dead after crash between two 18-wheelers on I-459

I passed this about 30 minutes after it happened, it messed with me, so much so I had to call my mother and my misses to say I love them very much, please pay attention and keep your following distance... I'm not a religious man but I'll be saying a prayer for that drivers family. May he rest in peace and enjoy the open road forever.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John M.'s Comment
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Apparently I'm an idiot and didn't see the link button. But yeah, for two hours every truck that passed me I glanced at their dot bumper and saw that second trucks steer tires lodged under it...

AL.com truck accident

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

PJ's Comment
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I heard it on the radio right after it happened. I was just finishing at a customer in Houston. Sirus channel 146 was reporting on it. After this week in Houston then this it really makes you think twice when your driving down the road. If ya’ll didn’t hear south texas got hit hard tuesday with a awful ice storm and pretty much shut Houston down tue/wed. I was sitting in the truckstop wed morning and we watched 2 semi’s collide on the overpass out the window. One was driving way too close and fast and rearended the other on an icey road. They took out 4 cars with them. Over 400 crashes in the metro area in 30 hrs and the police chief estimated 50 were semi’s.

Folks nothing they can put in your truck is worth risking anyone’s life.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

John M.'s Comment
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I heard it on the radio right after it happened. I was just finishing at a customer in Houston. Sirus channel 146 was reporting on it. After this week in Houston then this it really makes you think twice when your driving down the road. If ya’ll didn’t hear south texas got hit hard tuesday with a awful ice storm and pretty much shut Houston down tue/wed. I was sitting in the truckstop wed morning and we watched 2 semi’s collide on the overpass out the window. One was driving way too close and fast and rearended the other on an icey road. They took out 4 cars with them. Over 400 crashes in the metro area in 30 hrs and the police chief estimated 50 were semi’s.

Folks nothing they can put in your truck is worth risking anyone’s life.

Exactly, they can replace the truck, replace the trailer and the freight but they can't replace us or those that we take with us... slow down, pay attention and please put the phones down, someone said something on here and I can't recall whom it was but they said and I quote "today could be my last, let's make sure it's not" I agree and have adopted the saying

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Curtis 's Comment
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I guess as a driver is like being a airplane pilot is you are in control and have to make that decision to back away from the jet way or say it is not a go because of safety or bad weather!

I live in Texas and was not in the Ice but knowing how people drive they forget that on ice and in bad weather its best to park and wait it out till its safe to proceed and as you saw in Houston it will get people killed for no reason except being stupid and not staying parked.

I guess if your dispatcher has a issue with you not driving in ICE or conditions that are dangerous then they are not looking out for you or the public.

Just my two cents

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Curtis wrote:

I guess if your dispatcher has a issue with you not driving in ICE or conditions that are dangerous then they are not looking out for you or the public

Curtis we constantly reinforce as the driver you are the Captain of your ship. You decide, not your dispatcher or driver leader if it's safe to drive. Most companies will encourage safety over the "press on regardless" attitude. I've shut down for ice, excessively high wind and deep snow. Never once was there pushback.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Paul A.'s Comment
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This was in the local news a few days ago, no ice i believe, distracted driver.

Identity of man killed in I-91 crash in Longmeadow released

Paul A.'s Comment
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How do i properly insert a link? I've serched but can't find anything. Thanks

Brett Aquila's Comment
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How do i properly insert a link? I've serched but can't find anything. Thanks

When you start a new reply you'll see blue buttons above the box you're typing into. One says "Link". That'll do it.

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